Grandad, Arley Mine 1948

Grandad, Arley Mine 1948

Portrait of a hero...this is an excellent first attempt at charcoal Dawn. He would be as proud of you, as you are of him.

Can't believe this is hour first charcoal Dawn - you must be very proud and proud of your granddad. Without knowing you, I feel you have made good changes in your life. As long as you can pay the bills, you don't need to be rich in monetary terms. Enjoy your oil painting course - that is how I started.

What lovely comments, Fiona and Adele. Thank you very much. You are right, Adele about the changes I have made.

Great tribute, Dawn, and beautiful start with charcoal.

Very good Dawn, I find charcoal and pastel incredibly hard to use so I think your first attempt is excellent. I recently got made redundant but have four years until I can get my pension so I understand your financially challenged but find painting therapeutic. Enjoy your course.

What a marvellous charcoal work Dawn, you have drawn a beautiful tribute to your grandfather.

This is brilliantly painted Dawn. A great tribute to your grandad. I think he would be as proud of you as you clearly are of him. Good luck.

Thank you Janet, Margaret and Carolyn.

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My grandad drove the first diesel locomotive down Nook 4, Arley Coal Mine, Lancashire in 1948. This is my first charcoal and I hope I have done him proud. He was 4 ft 10 in with a massive personality. Despite being exempt as a miner he served in the war. Like many others, he never discussed his experiences there. To me, he was my hero in so many ways.

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Dawn Halliwell

I started painting in Jan 2016 after the death of my youngest sister. I found it great therapy and still do! I love experimenting with different techniques and media. I mainly work in pastel or oils for pet portraits, but I also enjoy doing ink portraits with the odd landscape thrown in for good…

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